Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division

How Drought and Other Extremes Impact Water Pollution

This Q and A article appeared first on the Berkeley Lab News Center. Previously, the work of the Watershed Function SFA Research team was featured during a podcast for News Deeply. You can hear Bhavna Arora talk about her research here.   One in 10 Americans depends on the Colorado River for bathing and drinking.…

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CSU East Bay and Berkeley Lab Collaborate on New Graduate Intern Program

  A Berkeley Lab internship program for Cal State University East Bay (CSUEB) graduate students has initiated a new type of collaboration between the two institutions, building on the strengths of their respective scientific programs and bringing talented master’s-level students from the most diverse university in California to work on research projects at Berkeley Lab.…

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EESA Climate Experts Show Methane’s Effects on Sunlight Vary by Region

Scientists investigating how human-induced increases in atmospheric methane also increase the amount of solar energy absorbed by that gas in our climate system have discovered that this absorption is 10 times stronger over desert regions such as the Sahara Desert and Arabian Peninsula than elsewhere on Earth, and nearly three times more powerful in the…

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Berkeley Lab, BIDS Take on Big Data

The world is currently generating data at a break-neck pace — about 2.5 quintillion bytes per day — and this trend is only accelerating. To make sense of this torrent of information, Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) has built an ecosystem of researchers to advance data-analytic methods and inquiry, develop and expand software and analytics tools, and share…

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Accurate Calculations of Radiative Forcing by Carbon Dioxide Can Improve Climate Projections

This spring, the DOE unveiled a new climate model designed to achieve a number of mission priorities for the agency by not only predicting how climate will change over time–but also determining how those changes might burden the nation’s energy infrastructure. Experts from Berkeley Lab’s Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division co-led efforts to improve the…

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Berkeley Lab scientists develop technique to better predict how plants in cold regions respond to warming

Credit: Wikimedia Commons Trevor Keenan, a scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division, participated in a study with UC Berkeley researchers that was published August 20 in Nature Climate Change.  A link to the full story authored by Theresa Duque of Berkeley Lab is below. In recent decades, scientists have noted a surge in…

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Geosciences Measurement Facility Celebrates Its 45th Summer Field Season

Within the Department of Energy complex of national laboratories, the Geosciences Measurement Facility (GMF) at Berkeley Lab is distinguished by its ability to build, test, and deploy customized instrumentation and innovative data acquisition and telemetry solutions, which are enabling scientists to address some of the most critical Earth, energy and environmental challenges that we face.…

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Berkeley Lab Isotope Geochemists Study Isotopic Fractionation by Plants

            Isotope geochemists at Berkeley Lab are the first to establish the degree of Potassium (K) isotopic fractionation by plants. Isotopes are atoms of the same element that have a different number of neutrons. Scientists have just in the past decade begun studying for key nutrient elements (other than C,…

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